This week is World Breastfeeding Week. It’s been a big year for breast feeding news so grab yourself a cuppa, find yourself a comfy chair and get feeding while we take a look at the 2015 breastfeeding highlights.
This year, the greatest impacting breastfeeding news was for working mums. After being promised the Rolls Royce of government paid parental leave schemes, not only were we shafted with a roll back of the current ‘safety net’ scheme, but those of us who also accessed work parental leave schemes were labeled ‘rorters’ by the Treasurer and similar by a number of other government ministers.
While I don’t expect a bunch of middle aged blokes to understand the overwhelming physical and mental impact of having a baby, I do expect them to be educated on the biological and medical necessity of recovering after birth and feeding a newborn.
For their breastfeeding support we score the government, and particularly the Minister for Women, a D (cup) for being ignorant and offensive.
I’m not that interested in celebrity breastfeeding photos and I couldn’t pick one Kardashian from another, but I’ve got to say the Kourtney Kardashian’s social media photos of pumping breast milk were pretty Kool.
Firstly, because while beautifully photoshopped breastfeeding celebrity shots abound, pumping milk is still an activity we are expected to hide. It takes guts and a bit of creativity to turn those plastic suckers into something socially acceptable.
Secondly, because I think she would really pump milk dressed like that. And why shouldn’t she? That’s what pumpease pumping bras are all about!
The theme of the 2015 World Breastfeeding week is Breastfeeding at Work, Lets make it work! With that in mind we can’t ignore recent accusation that Donald Trump, took breastfeeding bashing to a new low by calling a lawyer ‘disgusting’ when she requested a break in court proceedings to pump breast milk for her baby’s feed.
Trump defended himself by accusing the lawyer of intending to pump the milk during the deposition in which at least five other (male) lawyers were present. Which is completely believable, because when I was a professional and a new mum pumping milk, I was always desperate in pump milk in front of an audience of men like Donald Trump. It’s a ridiculous comment and a grubby attitude.
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